Reading Scuttlebutt today I found this little tidbit.
: With regard to Peter McCorquodale's comment in #5681
that RRS 26 does not allow a RC to notify a yacht that it is over early until the actual start time, we are told this is not entirely correct. In an I-flag or U-flag start, the RC certainly could notify as there is no prohibition against it, but the RC may not want to do it. In a P-flag start, it is not that the RC is not allowed, but rather they can’t determine who is over until the actual start. However, one could argue that calling some I-flag violations before the gun might inspire more restraint among the fleet as well as helping them to identify just where the line actually is so they can be “good” which results in fewer general recalls.
Wondering what everyone thinks of calling some I flag violations before the gun. IMO this would lead to more boats pushing the line as they would be told when they had gone to far, doing the opposite of restraint. I also thinks it borders on outside assistance. I would love to hear your opinions.